A Winter Wedding Guide: To Being Effortlessly Cool in the Cold

Words by Sinead Starrs
December 10th, 2018

Winter weddings have become increasingly popular over the last few years among both brides and guests. The allure of a white wedding is strong, not to mention, it breaks up the dullness of the season. Gathering around the fire and drinking hot toddies as you tie the knot seems like the perfect way to spend a cold December weekend. But, choosing the perfect dress for a winter wedding is not as easy as it first appears not least because of the drop in temperatures. However, fret not, if you have your heart set on a winter occasion as we have tips and tricks to update your look for the season.

Keeping warm is a high priority for winter brides who obviously want to look incredible but remain seasonally appropriate. When it comes to choosing a wedding dress, opting for a heavier material or adding a sleeve detail will instantly update the look for the season.

If opting for sleeves, we love this Gucci gown. The cuff detail on the sleeve and the heavy embellishment will ensure you are right on trend for this season. Plus, the wrap effect is incredibly flattering and means you can add a few layers underneath if temperatures go sub-zero.

You can also embrace high necks and full skirts like this elegant silk-satin gown by Ellery and this midi gown from Mihano Momosa; the coverage will certainly keep you warm and ensure all eyes are on you. Plus, the detachable belt gives you the opportunity to change up the look in the evening or wear it again. Or if you’re searching for a high street alternative, look no further than this high neck style from Debenhams, designed by none other than Sienna Miller’s sister.

If you’re not feeling a wedding dress for the big day, consider a bridal jumpsuit. This strapless layered crepe and chiffon jumpsuit from Halston Heritage is the perfect option for a more contemporary bride who wants to make a statement. Pair it with a cape like this one from Temperley London to add an ethereal characteristic à la Solange or opt for an elegant two-piece you can wear again.

When it comes to accessories, there are lots of ways to embellish your gown to make it chic without risking frostbite. One idea to beat the dropping temperatures is to swap the traditional bridal peep toe shoe for a classic boot like these Gianvito Rossi Vania ankle boots, and invest in a coat or blazer you can wear again.

Another of our favourite winter accessories are these Beaufille gold-plated faux pearl earrings to add a touch of simplicity and warmth to your outfit via the gold detailing.

Once you’ve decided on your outfit, there are a few other things to consider for a winter wedding.

There is less light in the winter months which means a tighter photo schedule. Communicate with your photographer and consider having a first look to get pictures out of the way before the ceremony. That way you can relax and let loose with your guests without worrying about the diminishing light. Stating the obvious, it’s the weather; prepare for rain with some bridal umbrellas and other weather-appropriate accessories.

Consider getting ready at a hotel or at the venue if possible. This eliminates the travel time and there will be more space for the photographer to work with to get all the important shots. Get matching robes for the bridal party to get ready in such as these pretty ones from The Lovely Little Label. Robes have been revolutionising the before shots of weddings everywhere by adding a little bit of personality to your pictures and allowing you and your bridal party to wrap up in comfort and style. They are easy to take on and off without comprising that up-do you just paid for and will protect your clothes from the droplets of MAC the makeup artist is so expertly applying. Win-win, they also make great gifts for your bridal party and can be used long after the big day.